The Kid Stays in the Picture

13 Mar

So.

Much.

Happy.

Hurrah for Gabe Landeskog on one hell of a game.

After missing the pre-game skate with flu-like symptoms, he somehow managed to tough it out and score the game-winning goal (his 4th GWG of the season) versus the Kings in OT last night.

When I have the flu, all I want to do is eat saltines, drink ginger ale, and watch bad movies like “Teen Witch”.  The thought of having to play 60 minutes of hockey when all you want to do is hurl makes me want to hurl.

I don’t know how you did it, kid.

Landeskog also had three shots in the game bringing his season tally to 235 for the year, breaking Peter Stasny’s franchise rookie record for shots set waaaaay back in 1980-81 (12 years before GL92 was even a fetus.)

The Avalanche are in a desperate fight for a playoff spot so they are gonna need every point they can get.  Last night’s win moved them into 8th in the Western Conference.

With Matt Duchene out with a ankle injury, the Avs are going to have to depend guys like Landeskog, O’Reilly, and Stasny to keep them in the hunt.  Also critical to their playoffs hopes is the goaltending of Varlamov.  He’s been playing really well as of late and last night, he looked pretty tioght.

Let’s hope that the Avs’ young talent can sustain them and keep them in the race.

Because frankly, we’d love to see more of this.

 

P.S.  Kudos to Landeskog for giving a very nice, poised, coherent post-game interview.  So often, I cringe every time players do post-games because 99% of them are in desperate need of media training.  But Gabe was perfect.  Kid is gonna be a superstar.

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8 Responses to “The Kid Stays in the Picture”

  1. carter March 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I want that GIF to be my reaction to everything. Grande latte at the coffee shop? GABE LANDESKOG CELEBRATION FALL. Scored a shirt on 50% off sale? GABE LANDESKOG CELEBRATION FALL. Spent two hours watching Chris Pine’s new movie on mute? GABE LANDESKOG CELEBRATION FALL.

    • Chuck March 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Yes.

      Found a dollar on the street? GABE LANDESKOG CELEBRATION FALL!
      Free bagels at work? GABE LANDESKOG CELEBRATION FALL!

    • Jess March 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Carter… I love you so much I would have your babies.

  2. F March 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    You can stop tweeting him. He doesn’t care about what you two cougars have to say.

  3. scarlett March 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I was watching this last night and I will admit that I screamed. So what if my affection for the Avs initially started because I wanted the Caps to get as screwed over as possible with their draft pick. I’m all in now! #LandyForCalder

    • Chuck March 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      He is running a very impressive Calder Trophy campaign. He gets our vote.

      19 goals. 25 assists. 44 points. +20 rating. 43 PIM. 4 PP goals. 4 GWG.

      Only guy that might .give him a run for his money is Adam Henrique from the Devils

      • scarlett March 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

        Henrique is having a great year for the Devils, especially with all of their injury troubles, he has stepped right in seamlessly. I am kind of shocked at how mature both of these boys play. Also, sucks for RNH that his injuries have really limited his game time, otherwise he was running away with it.

  4. MouthGuard March 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I always have a soft spot for my Nordiques – sorry, Avalanche – and it would be heartwarming to see them squeak into the playoffs this year. They’re a fun group of bright-eyed youngsters nobody expected would do jack shit this year. And Skog has become the runaway fave for the Calder since my Bob Smith kinda fumed out a few months back…

    Yay and yay. But if their locker room suddenly becomes ground zero for a flu infestation (because he IS contagious – and I’m not talking about his enthusiasm) then I’ll be cursing like a sailor without his grog oh yes indeed… They need to burn anything they think he might have touched.

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